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TW Ervin II

Ohio, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 17 reviews
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  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Icefall: A Dane Maddock Adventure, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Wood
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    When the bones of the Magi are stolen from their resting place in a German cathedral, the whispered words of a dying priest catapult Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake into the midst of a deadly race to solve a centuries-old conspiracy. Danger lurks at every turn and no one knows where the clues will lead...or what they will uncover. From ancient cathedrals to hidden temples to icy mountain peaks, Dane and Bones must outrun and outwit their enemies in the thrilling adventure - Icefall.

    K. Allenby says: "A great mystery"
    "Fast-Paced Action Mixed with a Mystery"
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    Would you listen to Icefall again? Why?

    Yes. A fun story that kept my attention and maybe catch a few things I might've missed the first time through.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I wanted to see where Dane and Bones would end up next.


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    Good pace with clear wording. Dialogue sounded like a conversation or discussion should.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not an extreme reaction other than I enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    Bones's sister (Angelica) added an additional dimension to the story. combined with Jade's participation added fun banter, and tension that allowed for a better mystery to be built up and resolved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tales of Erana: Myths and Legends

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By A.L. Butcher
    • Narrated By Michael Legate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Five short tales of fantasy and fantasy romance set in the dark world of Erana; the world of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles. Some are new and the others have been expanded and revised from the original versions.

    Amazon Customer says: "Myths from a singular taleteller"
    "Background Stories for the World of Erana"
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    Where does Tales of Erana rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the solid middle. That may be because romance elements are not my thing.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Liked: I think the narrator had good pacing and appropriate voice.
    Disliked: There were several instances where there were voice overlays, or a second or two where two voices were speaking. Also a few places where there were overly long pauses.


    Any additional comments?

    A cross between stories being told and mythical lessons, giving some of the history and background for the Land of Erana.

    I enjoyed the descriptions and language (word choice) used by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (185)

    Ray Kurzweil, the bold futurist and author of the New York Times best seller The Singularity Is Near, is arguably today’s most influential technological visionary. A pioneering inventor and theorist, he has explored for decades how artificial intelligence can enrich and expand human capabilities. Now, in his much-anticipated How to Create a Mind, he takes this exploration to the next step: reverse-engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works, then applying that knowledge to create vastly intelligent machines.

    Ryan says: "Articulate but familiar brain-inspired AI pitch"
    "An interesting listen"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I found this book to be interesting, but it was one that I had to pay close attention or I'd have to skip back, as the author builds upon his ideas discussed.

    Not a good book for listening to while multi-tasking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Steven Campbell
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    Hank is a thug. He knows he's a thug. He has no problem with that realization. In his view the galaxy has given him a gift: a mutation that allows him to withstand great deals of physical trauma. He puts his abilities to the best use possible and that isn't by being a scientist. Besides, the space station Belvaille doesn't need scientists. It is not, generally, a thinking person's locale. It is the remotest habitation in the entire Colmarian Confederation. There is literally no reason to be there.

    Connor says: "Fun Sci-Fi Humor"
    "A Fun, Fast-Paced Listen"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed Hank and how he dealt with the variety of characters. Hank knows he's tough but not totally indestructible and not the sharpest tool in the shed. But he gets things done, his way, in his own time. I enjoyed Hank's commentary and remarks. They made me smile and a few made me laugh out loud.


    What does Liam Owen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    At first the voice didn't seem to fit Hank as depicted on the cover. But once I got into the story, I didn't notice and it worked pretty well for me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the storyline 'appears' to meander a bit, what happens gets woven into the plot as it advances. In any case, the characters and situations Hank has to deal with are entertaining from beginning to end.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (1249)
    Story
    (1245)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "Good but Weakest of the Iron Druid Chronicles"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Shattered in three words, what would they be?

    Action
    Revelations
    Searching


    If you’ve listened to books by Kevin Hearne before, how does this one compare?

    Of the Novels and Novellas, this is the weakest.

    While there is plenty that is done right, good action, and the bringing of Owen Kennedy into the storyline, the story sections told from Granuaile's perspective, in her voice isn't really necessary. Not that 'important' things don't occur, but it doesn't merit the emphasis it seems. Rather it slows things down and sidetracks much. Then, putting it in present tense, as opposed to Atticus's past, while maybe done for an artistic/storytelling reason, just adds to the jarring of the story. Her POV worked very well in Hunted and seemed necessary. Here, it does not.

    Owen Kennedy's perspective is done that way as well, but as he's now in the present, 2000 years lost, it makes more sense. And his perspective seems to add to the story, add to the main character, Atticus, and is just far more interesting compared to Granuaile.

    Also, I enjoy Oberon and his observations a lot. But it's becoming too much of a good thing. Where is was heroic and added pertinent observations, that has faded to the background in favor of sidekick humor and over the top sausage theory stuff.

    Finally, it seems that tearing down Atticus and his competence is a route to allow other characters to step forward and come into their own. He gets some buildups, but more in the opposite direction.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Although some of the voices seem to have drifted, it's understandable as there are so many, and keeping them distinct. Which he does well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions. I did laugh at some of Oberon's commentary.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the addition of Owen Kennedy to the story is the best part of the novel.
    For plot reasons, the author had to separate Granuaile and Atticus communication, and the cellphone made this hard. Letting them run out of battery power...then when they get to a plug, for example, not making a call, seemed odd.

    This is a really good novel, and excellent narration, I think that it just slips from what I've come to expect.

    I think it is a novel that while moving things forward, and has some major revelations, is also focused on setting the pieces in place for the anticipated final two novels in the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chronos Beach (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Fuller
    • Narrated By Ron N. Butler, Clair Whitworth Kiernan, Fiona K. Leonard
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A post-apocalyptic, poetic dream...an encounter in a land beyond time.... Three young women reside in a beach house, isolated from the rest of the world by sheer strength of will. And three fighter pilots are on an endless routine sweep for anything out of the ordinary.

    TW Ervin II says: "A story that draws you in"
    "A story that draws you in"
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    What made the experience of listening to Chronos Beach (Dramatized) the most enjoyable?

    The signing by the three women (magical/echoing) stood in stark contrast to the radio communication of the three pilots, which added to the contrast of objectives.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd heard this Atlanta Radio Theater Company performance years ago and it stuck with me, and when I came across it, getting a copy was a no-brainer. It's a compact story, imaginative with a bit of mystery and suspense as to how it'll end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlantis: Dane Maddock, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Wood
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    What is the true story behind the fabled lost continent of Atlantis, and what power did the Atlanteans wield? When archaeologist Sofia Perez unearths the remains of an Atlantean city, she unwittingly gives the Dominion the power to remake the world after its own design. From the depths of the Caribbean to the streets of Paris, to Japanese islands and beyond, Join Dane and Bones on a race to stop the Dominion from unleashing its greatest threat yet in the thrilling adventure, Atlantis!

    Terri B. says: "A Mythological Adventure!"
    "Engaging Listen Full of Twists and Action"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Atlantis to be better than the print version?

    I do not own a print version.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. There were turns in the story that kept me interested and guessing where things were going. The bad guys were crafty in the ways they worked to achieve their goals, and I didn't know for sure how things might end.


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    He gets the voices and inflected attitudes of Bones and Maddock just right.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the wise cracks made by Bones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    A masterful biography of the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations during World War II, Citizen Soldiers provides a compelling account of the extraordinary stories of ordinary men in their fight for democracy. From the high command on down to the enlisted men, Stephen E. Ambrose draws on hundreds of interviews and oral histories from men on both sides who were there.

    Jeremy says: "Required reading, excellent narration"
    "History brought to life via soldier stories"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, especially if they had an interest in WW II.


    What does George Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice varied enough to make the soldiers being discussed or 'talking/telling their story' stand apart.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen. Although I suspect each listener will come away with specific remembered parts, overall the gritty nature of war and the struggles faced by soldiers on both sides is well portrayed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Circus of the Damned: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (449)

    In Circus of the Damned, a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war.

    Jeanette says: "Vampires, Werewolves and Snake gods...oh my"
    "A lot of action with interesting twists"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a solid action-packed novel, without with a minimal dose of sexual content, especially compared to works as the series continued.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interaction between Anita and Edward.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite of the Anita Blake novels. I stopped reading/listening after the 7th, as the content moved away from action and far more toward sexual content that I have no interest for. What can be easily skipped over in text is far more difficult in the audio format. Just not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What's So Great About Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dinesh D'Souza
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (76)

    Is Christianity obsolete? Can an intelligent, educated person really believe the Bible? Or do the atheists have it right? In his new book, best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza (What's So Great about America) investigates both Christianity and atheism and their influences on culture to show why there is, indeed, something great about Christianity.

    Jim says: "Well done!"
    "Solid content and logic focused"
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    What did you love best about What's So Great About Christianity?

    I enjoyed the broad variety of topics covered, especially the historical discussions.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. The content was such that it inspired you to think and ponder what the author said or asserted.


    Any additional comments?

    A worthwhile read for those of strong faith, those who are questioning their faith and even those who are not of any faith but are curious and would listen with an open mind, to be convinced or not convinced--not through Scripture, but through logic and what noted atheists have to say on the various topics discussed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1364)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1026)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "Fictionalized "How to" but still a good listen"
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    If you could sum up Patriots in three words, what would they be?

    Gritty
    Survivalist
    Firearms


    Any additional comments?

    The novel is written almost as a "How to" survive a collapse, with frequent instances of narrative on how to do something, what equipment or firearms were selected and why, etc. While informative, it slowed down the story. But I guess inclusion was part of the author's purpose. So a blend of non-fiction and fictional application.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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